Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) leaps to catch a touchdown pass past Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) during second quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium. Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The 2007 NFL season was a season to remember for the Chargers, good and bad. The team fired head coach Marty Schottenheimer only after leading the Chargers to a franchise-best 14-2 record the year before. The hiring of Norv Turner was puzzling to many, but in the end he led the team to an AFC West title with a record of 11-5.
Then came the playoffs. The Chargers took out the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round with a 17-6 victory. They came in as underdogs in the divisional round to face a Peyton Manning-led Colts team (who had previously won the Super Bowl in 2006), only to shock the world and advance to the AFC Championship. Unfortunately, Rivers injured his leg while completing a pass to Darren Sproles. The injury put fear into all fans’ eyes, and what came next was the worst news one could hear: Rivers tore his ACL.
That was it. He wasn’t going to play against the 17-0 Patriots in the AFC Championship.
But against all odds Rivers played through a torn ACL. The results weren’t as glamourous though. The Chargers managed to not score a touchdown, losing to the Patriots for the second consecutive time in the playoffs.
That was the closest the Chargers have sniffed to a Super Bowl in recent years. Many experts believed 2006-07 was the best chance the Chargers/Rivers had in winning after inheriting such a talented offensive roster. But after watching the Chargers dismantle arguably the best defense/team in the NFL, I believe 2014’s offense is more talented.
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